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Vital Facts About Amazing Hummingbirds

Author : enzoe enzoejanet janet

Hummingbirds are part of the Trochilidae family. These birds are among the smallest bird species found in particular parts of the planet. Most of these birds measure between three to five inches in length. These birds can fly in the air by flapping their wings about twelve to ninety times a second. This is a great speed. This speed however depends on the species of the hummingbird. They are the only group of birds which have the ability of flying backwards.

Movement of their wings creates a hum which derives their English names. Most of these birds fly at speeds of 15m per second or 54km per hour. This is a relatively high speed compared to the sizes of their wings and bodies. Most hummingbirds feed on nectar found in flowers. Nectar is a sugary liquid found in most flowers. These birds have the ability to know the amount of sugar nectar contains. This ability is also exhibited in bees. Hummingbirds usually reject nectar that has sugar levels less than 10%.

Hummingbird feeders are usually actinic glass bottles. Most owners of these birds keep sugar solutions in these feeders. The birds feed on this sugar solutions. Actinic glass bottles are easily cleaned. Most keepers of these birds prefer these bottles.

Hummingbirds are very important birds in the ecology. They are signs of nature's beauty. These birds make the environment look natural and they also make homes look attractive and full of natural life. Hummingbird care centers have been established in most parts of the world. These centers ensure that the hummingbirds are well taken care of. They also ensure that the hummingbirds are well fed. Proper feeding of these birds ensures that they do not become extinct like few bird species have done.

There are many ways of attracting hummingbirds. People can use plants and flowers to attract these birds. Modern methods of attracting hummingbirds to one's farm are through the use of red colored hummingbird feeders. Most of these birds cannot resist the red color attraction. Feeders can be kept between flowers so as to attract these birds. Keeping the feeders between flowers looks natural and it's a perfect way of attracting these amazing birds.

Keeping nectar inside the feeder bottles can help attract these birds to a person's compound. Most hummingbirds are usually territorial and would protect flowers and feeders that interest them most.

People who have come across these birds agree that these birds are among the most amazing things of nature itself. These birds are attractive and they should be taken good care of.

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